"Transmission of infection"
About: Tameside General Hospital / General surgery Tameside General Hospital General surgery OL6 9RW
Posted by Julsy3 (as ),
This story has been posted by Healthwatch Tameside on behalf of a member of the public who asked not to have their name published. They said…
Visiting a relative on elective ward last week, I observed that the care assistant although caring and pleasant, omitted to remove her gloves and apron after toileting a patient on a commode, before entering the results on the charts at the bottom of the bed with a pen from her uniform pocket.
So her pen was now a means of spreading any infection from patient to patient as the pen was returned to her uniform. The gloves and apron were then removed.
It is likely that not only the pen was contaminated but so were the charts which she handled at the time as she had picked up toilet paper in the commode.